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Ready, Set, Knit! Show 494: Kathy Talks With Leslie Ann Bestor

Saturday, July 15th, 2017
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It’s all about spinning and weaving on Ready, Set, Knit! today!! This week, Kathy is talking with our spinning and weaving manager, Leslie Ann Bestor, all about the New England Weaving and Spinning Seminar, which is happening THIS WEEKEND right here in Northampton! NEWS is taking place at Smith College, right up the road (5 minutes!) from our Northampton, Mass store. NEWS only happens every other year and it’s FREE, so you won’t want to miss this! Kathy and LA are also going to be talking about the Tour de Fleece, which is also going on right now. Join our Ravelry group for a lively discussion about the Tour de Fleece!

 

For more information about the New England Weaver’s Seminar, click here!

 

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

 

Reminder:

The New England Weavers Seminar is being held this year at Smith College, just minutes from WEBS, here in Northampton. Check out their website for more information!

Upcoming Events

WEBS is holding our first-ever Spinning Summit this fall! From September 29th through October 1st, we’ll be holding classes, special Sunday shopping hours for participants, and other exclusive events. Our teachers include the amazing Jillian Moreno, Abby Franquemont, Amy King, and Beth Smith! Check out our brochure over here!

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

WEBS is having a Rhinebeck Sweater KAL! There’s still time to sign up and start your sweater, so sign up now to join for a reduced rate!  Click here for more information and to register!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Valley Yarns Style Guide: 3 Ways To Style the Harkin Pullover

Friday, July 7th, 2017
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Do you ever see something that you really want to knit, but aren’t sure how you would fit that style into your current wardrobe?

Me too. All the time.

We all want to get as much use out of our handknits as possible. Making your own clothing is time consuming and can get very expensive.

When I’m looking at a potential new project, I ask myself these four questions:

1. What fiber will I knit this in and realistically wear?

This is really a two-part question. What is the original garment made out of? Was it designed for a cotton and silk blend, so it will have lots of drape and movement? If so, would  I be willing to invest the time and money into that particular yarn or something similar? Will it look as good in a superwash Merino? Will I have to take special care when laundering the garment? If you’re looking to make an aran sweater with a turtleneck, choosing a cotton is probably not the best idea – even if it has the same stitch gauge. The same goes for a summery linen top. The fabric won’t act the same if knit in a bouncy superwash Merino as it would in a linen fiber.

2. What color do I want to knit it in vs. what color will actually work with what I have?

This can be a really tough one, especially if you’re like me, and tend to be interested in knitting only with a few different shades. So, if the sample garment is knit in a bright yellow, can I envision it in a different color? Would the stitch pattern disappear if I used my favorite hue? Would I wear that trendy neon green speckled color next season? How many tops do I have that will go under that sweater and will I have to buy more to coordinate? Sometimes you just can’t tell until you’ve actually knit it. My advice would be to buy a skein of that color and swatch it. Hold it up against your skin in natural and unnatural light. Drape it over clothes you already own. If you can still envision yourself wearing that color, then by all means, use it!

3. I like the shape of this garment – but will I like it on me? 

Another tough question. If you’re petite, maybe you’re not comfortable wearing something long and oversized without  changing the length a bit (or quite a bit). If you’re busty with wide shoulders, you may need to choose a pattern that can accommodate your frame. A taller body may need to edit where the waist shaping is on a sweater as well as the length. The list goes on and on. All of our bodies are sized differently and a lot of patterns are only written for a handful of sizes (although most designers are getting much better about expanding their sizing options). For me, if I have to change more than three things about a pattern to feel comfortable in it, I’m out. Pull out some of your favorites and decide what you think looks best on you, and try choosing a pattern that has similar qualities.

4. How many outfits can I make out of things I already own? Will I have to buy something to go with this?  

If your wardrobe is more jeans-and-a-tee, maybe you won’t get as much wear out of that gorgeous cable-knit skirt as you would a top-down raglan. If you live in Hawaii, you might not have the same need for a closet full of Lopi sweaters as someone in Alaska might.

Ok, so maybe that was more than four questions, but I think you get the gist of it. Of course, we support making what you want, when you want, but we also want you to get as much wear as you can out of your handknits, and to make something you’ll cherish!

Today, we’re taking the Harkin Pullover, by Kirsten Hipsky, knit in Valley Yarns Hatfield, and styling it three different ways. Harkin is an oversized pullover, knit in a lace weight alpaca on size 8 needles. It’s roomy and comes in several sizes. It’s very lightweight, but adds a touch of warmth to almost any outfit, which is perfect for all seasons, and definitely easy to mix and match with what you probably already own!

For our Valley Yarns 2017 catalog, we styled the Harkin Pullover with medium-wash skinny jeans, brown riding boots, and a chunky necklace. It’s a simple outfit that definitely has an autumnal feel. Since we’re still a couple of months away from Fall here in the Pioneer Valley, I styled Harkin three ways that could work in the summer, using items pulled from my own wardrobe.

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The first outfit is a summery recreation of the original look. When late summer mornings start to get cool, I often throw a lightweight sweater over a tank. I used medium-wash jeggings with a black cami to pair underneath. Instead of tall boots, I chose these colorful, faux-leather flat sandals that were a steal at Target. To top it off, I grabbed a small cross-body bag.

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For a casual office, the unstructured and oversized Harkin Pullover would look great over the same black camisole, and with a flouncy patterned skirt. Cute, shiny, and comfy, these flat sandals add texture and shine.

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For the final outfit, I wanted to dress Harkin up a bit. I chose an ultra-short, strappy sundress, with chunky wedge platforms. The colors of the floral print compliment the sweater’s deep red color, and because the knitted fabric is sheer, a bit of that print will peek through! It’s the perfect cover-up for a summer date night!

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How do you style your handknits? We want you to show us! Tag us @websyarn on Instagram, or share them in our Ravelry group!

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 493: Kathy Talks with Andra Asars

Saturday, July 1st, 2017
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Today on Ready, Set, Knit!, Kathy is interviewing Andra Asars, our Berroco representative and longtime friend of WEBS! Kathy and Andra are having a great conversation all about the four new Berroco releases for Fall ’17, Quechua, Bento, Catena, and Millefiori Big. As always, these new yarns come with fantastic pattern support crafted by the Berroco design team. You won’t want to miss this!

 

Check out the pattern collections for these yarns! There are tons of fantastic garments and accessories, with great styling ideas!

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Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

 

Reminder:

WEBS will be CLOSED Tuesday, July 4th (store and shipping), but you can shop online!

The New England Weavers Seminar is being held this year at Smith College, just minutes from WEBS, here in Northampton. Check out their website for more information!

Upcoming Events

WEBS is holding our first-ever Spinning Summit this fall! From September 29th through October 1st, we’ll be holding classes, special Sunday shopping hours for participants, and other exclusive events. Our teachers include the amazing Jillian Moreno, Abby Franquemont, Amy King, and Beth Smith! Check out our brochure over here!

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

WEBS is having a Rhinebeck Sweater KAL! There’s still time to sign up and start your sweater, so sign up now to join for a reduced rate!  Click here for more information and to register!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Ready, Set, Knit! Show 492: Kathy Talks With Tina Whitmore

Saturday, June 24th, 2017
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This week on Ready, Set, Knit!, Kathy is talking with Tina Whitmore, owner of Freia Yarns. Tina started knitting as a child, and has been knitting ever since! She now owns and dyes for Freia Fine Handpaints – and creates the STUNNING hand-pained ombre colorways we all drool after! Listen to learn more about Tina and her company, and what inspired her to start dyeing yarns!

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Don’t forget! This week is the I-91 Shop Hop weekend! Stop by WEBS and grab a free pattern, designed exclusively for Shop Hop by Melissa LaBarre!! Are you going to try and hit all 11 in one day?

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

 

Reminder:

Don’t forget to pick up your passport for the I-91 Shop Hop, which is taking place THIS WEEKEND!!  11 shops are participating this year, with raffles and prizes galore! If you make it to all 11 stores and fill your passport, you could win a huuuuuge gift basket!

The New England Weavers Seminar is being held this year at Smith College, just minutes from WEBS, here in Northampton. Check out their website for more information!

WEBS will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th!

Upcoming Events

WEBS is holding our first-ever Spinning Summit this fall! From September 29th through October 1st, we’ll be holding classes, special Sunday shopping hours for participants, and other exclusive events. Our teachers include the amazing Jillian Moreno, Abby Franquemont, Amy King, and Beth Smith! Check out our brochure over here!

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

WEBS is having a Rhinebeck Sweater KAL! There’s still time to sign up and start your sweater, so sign up now to join for a reduced rate!  Click here for more information and to register!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Ready, Set, Knit! Show 491: Kathy Talks With Janice Kang

Saturday, June 17th, 2017
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This week, Kathy is talking with Janice Kang, knitwear designer and longtime friend of WEBS. For our 40th Anniversary, Janice designed the Mixed Tide Shawl, which knits up beautifully in 2/10 Merino Tencel (Colrain Lace). She entered a version in the California State Fair in 2014, and it placed! Summer is here, and it’s fair season! Janice is an award-winning knitter, so listen to hear more about entering your knitwear in fair exhibits! You won’t want to miss this.

Janice’s award-winning Lady’s Circular Cape in Shell Pattern, knit in Valley 2/10 Merino Tencel.

Janice’s Must Have Cardigan, knit in Valley Northampton.

Janice is also a weaver. Her Pseudo Crackle bag in Valley 5/2 Cotton placed 2nd!

Check out Janice’s blog to read more about the California State Fair results here.

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Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

 

Reminder:

Don’t forget to pick up your passport for the I-91 Shop Hop, which is taking place from Thursday, June 22nd through Sunday, June 25th- NEXT WEEK!!! 11 shops are participating this year, with raffles and prizes galore! If you make it to all 11 stores and fill your passport, you could win a huuuuuge gift basket!

The New England Weavers Seminar is being held this year at Smith College, just minutes from WEBS, here in Northampton. Check out their website for more information!

WEBS will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th!

Upcoming Events

WEBS is holding our first-ever Spinning Summit this fall! From September 29th through October 1st, we’ll be holding classes, special Sunday shopping hours for participants, and other exclusive events. Our teachers include the amazing Jillian Moreno, Abby Franquemont, Amy King, and Beth Smith! Check out our brochure over here!

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

WEBS is having a Rhinebeck Sweater KAL! There’s still time to sign up and start your sweater, so sign up now to join for a reduced rate!  Click here for more information and to register!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Ready, Set, Knit! Show 490: Amy and Leslie Ann Talk With Kristin Nicholas

Saturday, June 10th, 2017
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Today we have our beloved guest hosts, education manager Amy Greeman, and spinning and weaving manager Leslie Ann Bestor in the studio. Amy and Leslie Ann are chatting with Kristin Nicholas, author, farmer, designer, knitter, crocheter, and color expert, who lives right here in Western Massachusetts. This summer and fall, Kristin is hosting three weekends of classes. On July 15th and 16th, Kristin will be having a two-day fabric painting class, where students will learn all about fabric and lampshade painting. On July 29th and 30th, Kristin will be teaching fabric painting, decorative embroidery, and ceramic tile design. Finally, in September, there will be classes on color for knitters, embroidery on knitting, and how to turn your swatches into a cohesive afghan project.

You will not want to miss out!

 

To sign up for the retreats, visit Kristin’s website here.

To learn more about Kristin’s life on Leyden Glen Farm,  click here!

 

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Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

 

Reminder:

Don’t forget to pick up your passport for the I-91 Shop Hop, which is taking place from Thursday, June 22nd through Sunday, June 25th! 11 shops are participating this year, with raffles and prizes galore! If you make it to all 11 stores and fill your passport, you could win a huuuuuge gift basket!

The New England Weavers Seminar is being held this year at Smith College, just minutes from WEBS, here in Northampton. Check out their website for more information!

WEBS will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th!

Upcoming Events

WEBS is holding our first-ever Spinning Summit this fall! From September 29th through October 1st, we’ll be holding classes, special Sunday shopping hours for participants, and other exclusive events. Our teachers include the amazing Jillian Moreno, Abby Franquemont, Amy King, and Beth Smith! Check out our brochure over here!

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

WEBS is having a Rhinebeck Sweater KAL! There’s still time to sign up and start your sweater, so sign up now to join for a reduced rate!  Click here for more information and to register!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Ready, Set, Knit! Show 489: Kathy Talks With Leanne Pressly

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017
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This week, Kathy is talking with Leanne Pressly, CEO of Stitchcraft Marketing! Leanne started knitting in college, which led her to a job at Interweave, and now she runs her own marketing firm. Stitchcraft Marketing that services fiber companies, quilting and fabric companies, and other crafting industries. Listen to learn more about what’s hot right now in the knitting industry, and what’s on our radar! Take a peek at the Stitchcraft Marketing portfolio over here, and check out who is using their services.

 

Listen to the Stitchcraft Podcast here!

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Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

 

Reminder:

Don’t forget to pick up your passport for the I-91 Shop Hop, which is taking place from Thursday, June 22nd through Sunday, June 25th! 11 shops are participating this year, with raffles and prizes galore! If you make it to all 11 stores and fill your passport, you could win a huuuuuge gift basket!

WEBS is holding our first-ever Spinning Summit this fall! From September 29th through October 1st, we’ll be holding classes, special Sunday shopping hours for participants, and other exclusive events. Our teachers include the amazing Jillian Moreno, Abby Franquemont, Amy King, and Beth Smith! Check out our brochure over here!

WEBS will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th!

Upcoming Events

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

WEBS is having a Rhinebeck Sweater KAL! There’s still time to sign up and start your sweater, so sign up now to join for a reduced rate!  Click here for more information and to register!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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15th Annual WEBS Tent Sale: A look Inside

Friday, May 26th, 2017
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Our busiest weekend of the year has passed! Keep scrolling for an insider’s look at our 15th Annual Tent Sale and Fleece Market!

headerSaturday morning starts off with a quick meeting (and pep talk!) for store staff. Tent Sale is all-hands on deck, so even those who do not work in the retail store are on hand to help out! We want to make sure everyone is on the same page – it helps the lines move faster,  and helps us provide the best service we can to our customers.

storemeetingWe have tons of high-quality yarns on sale! At Tent Sale, you can often find your favorite brands for $2.50 and $5.00 a skein – not to mention full bags of yarn at unbeatable sale prices!

Untitled design (1)One of our favorite parts of Tent Sale is the annual Fleece Market on Saturday. Local farmers and artisans gather in our parking lot to sell fleeces, tools for fiber artists, luxury yarns, handmade goods, and sometimes, animals!

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toshonsaleOur store and warehouse are open all day! After shopping under the tent, customers come inside to take full advantage of the WEBS discount!

Untitled design (2)We love it when customers show up wearing knitwear! This customer came wearing her gorgeous Shusui Shrug by Susanne Sommer. It looks like a generous brioche shawl, but it’s actually an open cardigan! It’s definitely giving us some finished object – envy

Untitled design (3)Did you know that WEBS is dog-friendly? Even our four legged visitors are excited to shop!

saledogDid you miss our 15th Annual Tent Sale last weekend? Don’t fret! Our 43rd Anniversary Sale is in its last days, and we have a full list of amazing deals you can shop online! Click here for a list of May Anniversary Sale yarns!

5 Anniversary Sale Yarns You Don’t Want to Miss

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017
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Our 43rd Anniversary Sale is beginning to wind down, but there’s still time for big savings. Stock up on some of our favorites before the sale is over! 

Classic Elite Yarns Chalet is an undyed bamboo and alpaca blend with a chainette construction in a bulky weight. Anything you knit in Chalet will be warm and cuddly, with an unbeatable softness and drape. Try knitting the Color Block Bias Wrap from Classic Elite. The neutral colors and graphic stripes will give your outfits a bold, modern look.

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A WEBS favorite is Elsebeth Lavold’s Silky Wool. We can’t get enough of the nubby texture and stunning colors to select from! We love the Silk and Saltwater pullover from Lyrical Knits, with a flattering shape and simple ribbed texture that would look fantastic in any color – bold or neutral. This sweater is the perfect backdrop for Silky Wool.

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Complete with a fresh, contemporary color palette, Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino is an ultra-soft machine-washable blend of Merino Wool, microfiber, and cashmere – there will be no need to worry about knitting something for the new baby! The Cable & Lace Cardigan from Debbie Bliss is an adorable short-sleeved cardigan with a delicate horseshoe eyelet lace motif that’ll be easy to dress up or down.

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For tremendous yardage at an affordable price, Eco + from Cascade Yarns is the way to go. With a generous 478 yards per hank and a sale price of $16.49, Eco + is a no-brainer – many projects will only need a few skeins! Pick a neutral and a few bright colors to make Tin Can Knits’ Pop Blanket*.  

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*Original Pop Blanket is knitted using Eco + as the main color, and Noro Kureyon as the accent. 

Scotland from Tahki Yarns is a 100% Merino wool tweed with a soft, slightly felted appearance. Scotland is a DK weight, and would be a fantastic choice for the easy-to-wear Big Sister cardigan from When I Grow Up. This seamless, open-front sweater combined with the soft color palette of Tahki Scotland, will be a welcome addition to your wardrobe.

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What will your next great project be?

The WEBS 43rd Anniversary Sale ends on May 31st, so stock up while you can! And don’t forget- we offer our WEBS Discount to everyone, every day, in-store and online! 

Ready, Set Knit! Show 488: LIVE From Tent Sale

Saturday, May 20th, 2017
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This week, we’re LIVE from our 15th annual Tent Sale! Tune in to WHMP at 9am or watch us on Facebook Live! Kathy and Steve will be showing off some of our unbeatable deals, and talking all about our Fleece Market. This year’s Fleece Market, which only happens on the Saturday of Tent Sale, will feature 15 local independent farmers and small businesses. Click here for the full listing of vendors, and stop by from 10-5 to check out their booths!
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The WEBS 15th Annual Tent Sale will be going on from 10 – 5:30 on Saturday, May 20th, and from 10 – 4 on Sunday, May 21st – one of our rare Sunday openings! We hope you’ll join us . . . the deals are unbelievable!

Please note, because this week’s show is LIVE, the episode recording will be available to download a little later. Stay tuned!

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Check out the full list of our May Sale yarns! Click here for huge savings!Reminder:
Shop our 43rd Anniversary Sale, going on now through May 31st! If you see something you like, grab it now – there will be new deals on May 1st!
The I-91 Shop Hop will be taking place from June 22 – 25th! 11 yarn shops along the 91 corridor from Putney, Vermont to New Haven, Connecticut are participating this year! Buy your 2017 Shop Hop Passport here, or pick one up from your participating local yarn store. Each time you get your passport stamped, you’ll be entered in a drawing at that yarn store. There will be amazing door prizes you could win – 44 in total. By visiting all 11 stores, you are entered in the grand prize drawing, which includes gift cards to all of the stores, and a basket full of other goodies. We’re so excited – stop by WEBS to say hi!
Upcoming Events: 
Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!
WEBS is having a Rhinebeck Sweater KAL! There’s still time to sign up and start your sweater, so sign up now to join for a reduced rate! Click here for more information and to register!
Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!
Check out all of our upcoming Events here.
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